Monday, November 28, 2011

HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS: STAY HOME -SHOP WITH QVC's DAVID VENABLE

David Venable







words/images Judith Ecochard

Truth be told-we had never watched a QVC anything---though we know people who have been on this mega-shopping information channel-and know the super strict vetting process that everything on that on air/on line retailer goes through. As in top quality for everything for sale- that keeps the customers happy-what you see is what you get.

AND for us -that was impressive.

Now-we are beyond impressed with one of QVC's affable host's-David Venable-a guy who know his merchandise and understands his viewers' lifestyles to perfection...via extensive dialogues with viewers, and an active social media outreach effort.


Kitchen Aid Appliances in a rainbow's worth of colors


AND we know this...because we had the good fortune to attend a media invite of all things "COOKING IN THE KITCHEN WITH DAVID®," including generous samples of super tasty bites that we couldn't have enough of, sips of a lovely Chardonnay-and nice chats with the knowledgeable QVC staff-all who had the friendly folksy manners of those working in a laid back Pennsylvania locale vs an intense NYC.



AND we figure that might be one of the reasons this segment- that airs on Wednesday's and Sunday's  ...is so popular.


Red-"most popular"

Plus -the show serves as a how-to platform for the top of the line/and-or exclusive/and-or value priced appliances/tools/kitchen essentials.





















Top sellers and entire coordinated collections by popular guest hosts (and Food Network stars), Rachel Ray and Paula Dean were displayed along with iconic makers Kitchen Aid---and some newer brightly toned gadget lines for us -like Switzerland's Kuhn Rikon.






On a list...idiot proof to use.





Cook's Essential's Mini Doughnut Factory






Kuhn Rikon-Side-Wind Auto Attach Safety Lidlifter


push the button on top-lifts the lid-no sharp edges
















SMART!...easy to use too.

5-in-1 Jar Opener



















No more crumbling messes-pie server


Salads in a snap




great for cole slaw prep too






slice thin----




































Temp-Tations













We had a nice chat with David Venable-and wanted to know what is a best seller when it comes to urban customers----"Storage"...

Containers, bowls, beautiful ceramics and lockable lids---oven to table serving pieces too!




Rachel Ray

Temp-Tations- designs brighten any dining table


Paula Dean-cookware and serving pieces
Rachel Ray















Rachel Ray



We could have eaten this entire dish by ourselves. Couscous with sugar snap peas and mint-recipe available on QVC-David Venable's 







A kitchen we coveted...our host with a guest chef  conjuring up DV's recipes-

kept attendees very happy with tasty eats!



We think anything airing on this segment would make a treasured gift---and self-giving---why not! Inspiration to whip up some holiday menus---found here.
Grilled cheese snacks-served right

Sunday, November 27, 2011

HOLIDAY SHOPPING: MACKENZIE CHILDS



words/images Judith Ecochard

14 West 57th Street, NYC


Steps-off the holiday traffic clogged Fifth Avenue- is a calm fanciful oasis of Victorian charm, bundled up in a boutique displaying tastefully indulgent, hand crafted decor, lighting, table top and furniture wares -the likes of which are simply transporting to another era.




Chock full of the practical/whimsical---or both---- items for every room in the home, Mackenzie-Childs'  welcoming boutique in Manhattan-certainly got us in the Tis' The Season mood as soon as we walked in...

...with decorations galore-from floor to ceiling. 







AT a recent event-silhouettes were drawn for guests...






A Royal greeting---customer service par excellence-though this welcome is rare


References conjured up in this winter wonderland include Mackenzie-Childs scenic upstate rural home base, a 65 acre farm (one can visit too!)-crossed with  another century's Scottish Highlands manor.


AND of course, every item-including the amazing holiday items- are for sale...from the fantastic...to the sublime-for collectors, as perfect house - warming gift...and for the newly engaged-a great place to register. 







Terrific sales team will help with the gift selection-Santa Claus just visiting though!


Everywhere we looked-there was some marvelous piece to behold-including the extensive ceramic collections-in the iconic Courtly Check pattern in black and white...and the warmly elegant Parchment Check Collection.



Quite the tree

Plush pillows to brighten up any room


Rebecca Proctor-Creative Director of Mackenzie-Childs






Courtly Check® Candy Cottage-handcrafted with glass candy covered roof-numbered, no two alike...$9,900

Entrance to the heavenly dining room

Hand painted boxes, frames, lamps, table...




Glass Snow globe atop a Courtly Check enamel cup $125





















Cheltenham Menorah -hand painted terra cotta with gold lustre embellishment  and gold plated candle cups $288

Topiary -in hand painted pot-made of real dry boxwood $38-$275





For the table...
















Enamels-Cake Carrier---Flower Market


Very popular-enamel canister $65-$75




Tree Dish Parchment Check









Trapeze Collection-rich colors, organic forms=graceful textures-hand-painted lustres --HAND WASH (duh)





Tree detail




Holly&Berries Glassware-Decanter $125









Advent Calendar





Tree detail-ornaments to keep

Bird on Ball Lantern, Holly & Berry Stockings-festive and fun












Deck the halls-finely crafted-mouth blown, and hand-painted in Eastern Europe









Chicken Palace-frosted decorated paper and chipboard


Glass Decanter-$100 blown glass-hand-painted





Flower Market Enamelware























World Ornament-$78-with $15 donated to Girls Inc. 

Odd Fellows Ceramics-mix matched-hand crafted majolica-artist stamped! Hors d'oeuvre Tray-great for bread, anti pasta, tapas-$88-a great gift!








Home fragrance collections....


































INFO: www.mackenzie-childs.com